Carcinoid tumors are rare, slow-growing cancers. They usually start in the lining of the digestive tract or in the lungs. They grow slowly and don't produce symptoms in the early stages. As a result, the average age of people diagnosed with digestive or lung carcinoids is about 60. In later stages the tumors sometimes produce hormones that can cause carcinoid syndrome. The syndrome causes flushing of the face and upper chest, diarrhea, and trouble breathing.
HOW IS CARCINOID DIAGNOSED?
The following tests are used to diagnose a carcinoid:
2. Molecular testing of the tumor
4. Endoscopic ultrasound
5. Bone scan
6. X Ray
7. Barium X Rays
HOW IS CARCINOID TREATED?
Surgery by an oncologist is the only curative therapy. If the tumor has metastasized, radiotherapy can be given for arresting the growth of the tumors and prolonging survival.
DID YOU KNOW?
Overall, people with carcinoid tumours have a good life expectancy compared to many other cancers, with around 70-80% surviving at least five years from diagnosis. Many people remain relatively well and lead active lives, with only occasional symptoms.